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National Issues, Local Impact

How Indie Lens Pop-Up, filmmakers, and PBS stations gather communities.

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Using Data to Measure Impact

How do you know if documentary film makes a difference in the world?

Engaged hundreds of young men to reduce gender-based violence across India through Women and Girls Lead Global.

Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, this neighborhood series brings people together for film screenings and locally-driven conversations. Online and in over 90 cities across the U.S.

Connecting you to new and targeted communities, this digital platform lets you screen your film and lead a conversation, engage with panelists, and answer poll questions from any desktop or mobile device. Over 50,000 attendees and counting.

Partnering with organizations in eight countries, this global campaign uses storytelling to create social change—from increasing girls’ access to education to reducing child marriage and gender-based violence.

For Educators

Get free access to innovative, standards-aligned digital resources and streaming content based on our award-winning documentaries.

From our blog

  1. "Art Has to Capture the Struggle of Our People": Lorena Manriquez and Siqueiros

    September 4, 2020

    Director Lorena Manríquez spoke with me about the filmmaking process behind her film about Mexican muralist David Siqueiros, as well as the persistence required, and working during COVID quarantine.

  2. Reflecting on the First-Ever All-Virtual ITVS Independents Summit

    August 27, 2020

    Over the last month, we came together—virtually—with filmmakers and thought leaders for the ITVS Independents Summit. From virtual panels, check-ins, and happy hours, find out what we learned in our recap.

  3. "Filmmaking Is Not a Career, It’s a Calling"

    August 12, 2020

    Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña talks about the PBS series she produced, "Asian Americans," as well as her extensive career, her association with ITVS, and racism during the time of COVID.